|WRS Special Shoe Wins 6666 Ranch Handicap in Stakes Record Time at LSP
(October 21, 2006) - WRS Special Shoe broke alertly powered
home to defeat Canosa by a neck in the $20,000 6666 Ranch Handicap
before a Saturday night crowd of 4,646 at Lone Star Park in Grand
WRS Special Shoe, ridden by Randy Wilson and carrying 123 pounds,
ran 400 yards in :19.651 – a stakes record for the eighth
running of the race. He paid $24.60, $7 and $9.60 as an 11-1 outsider
in the field of 10 three-year-olds and up. Canosa returned $7 and
$6.80. Mitowilard was another quarter-length back in third and paid
$8.60. Defending champ Sarahs Fast Man, the 2-1 favorite, finished
The win was the 13th in 26 lifetime starts for WRS Special Shoe
and was worth $11,000, raising the career earnings for the 4-year-old
First Down Laveaux gelding to $264,264 for owner/breeder Williams
Racing Stables Inc. and trainer Charlton Hunt.
DOWN THE STRETCH –
There’s a two-day $145,580 Pick 6 carryover at Oak Tree at
Santa Anita on Sunday. Other highlights include simulcasts of the
Grade I, $2 million Pattison Canadian International and Grade I,
$1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine . . .
Live racing returns to Lone Star Park on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m.
CT with a nine-race program. One percent of the on-track live handle
on Wednesday night will be donated to Grand Prairie Independent
School District in conjunction with one of three Lone Star Park
Charity Nights . . .
Defending AQHA World Champion DM Shicago returns to action in Thursday
night’s sixth race, a 350-yard allowance/optional claiming
race. Also entered in the race restricted to those that haven’t
won since April 1 is Mogambo Fly VM. The 5-year-old Brazilian-bred
arrived at Lone Star on Oct. 10 and is expected to become the first
South American horse to compete in the MBNA America Challenge Championships,
scheduled for Nov. 11. He qualified to the Grade 1, $300,000 MBNA
America Challenge Championship by finishing second in the South
American Challenge in San Paolo, Brazil in November 2005 . . .
Friday’s program features the final “Party at the Park”
of the meeting. Live blues music by The Silvertones and drink specials
from 7-11 p.m. will be showcased in the Courtyard of Champions .
A sensational Grade 1 stakes doubleheader is on tap Saturday –
the $426,375 Dash For Cash Futurity (2-year-olds at 400 yards) and
the $193,300 Dash For Cash Derby (3-year-olds at 400 yards) . .
Bobby Cox’s Dont Let Down, the All American Futurity third
trained by John Buchanan, was the fastest qualifier to the Futurity
with a :19.802 clocking on Oct. 14. He’ll be joined in the
starting gate by First Freeze (:19.857), Very Dashing Chick (:19.900),
Jetin Chablis (:19.900), Dylans Dandy (:19.906), Streakin Illusively
(:19.912), A Silver Goblin (:19.971), Fantasies Royal (:19.999),
Indio Solitario (:20.000) and Jess A Lil Bit More (:20.015). Buchanan
will attempt to win the Dash For Cash Futurity for the second time.
They teamed to win the 2000 renewal with Joshua Harner’s Pivotal
Decision. This year, he’ll likely have to buck a trend: no
favorite has won the Dash For Cash Futurity in eight runnings of
the race . . .
Pat and Walter Fletcher’s Ima Ramblin Girl, conditioned by
Hall of Fame trainer Jack Brooks, was the fastest Derby qualifier
with a time of :21.670 on Oct. 13. She’ll be joined by Adrians
Jolla (:21.735), This Candys Red Hot (:21.791), Rebs Royal Dasher
(:21.795), Bag It Up (:21.798), SM Country Cowboy (:21.804), La
Bron (:21.835), Fly Corona Cat (:21.864), Sixarun Bug (:21.905)
and Im Bionic (:21.908). Brooks will attempt to win his fourth Dash
For Cash Derby with dual stakes winner Ima Ramblin Girl. Brooks
won the inaugural 1997 edition with champion Dashing Perfection,
the 2002 running with champion First Regards and last year’s
renewal with Mighty Invictus . . .
Starting next week, Lone Star Park plans to add a 12th race to
the Friday and Saturday programs, creating two more races a week
. . .
Members of Lone Star Park’s free customer rewards program
“Star Player Rewards” will receive “double points”
for their wagers on Lone Star Park’s 12-race program on Saturday
night (Dash For Cash Futurity and Derby night). Each day, members
can receive a discounted $1 general admission and earn points based
on wagering, food and beverage and Gift Shop purchases. Visit lonestarpark.com
or the Post Time Pavilion’s Racing Information Center to join
“Star Player Rewards.” . . .
Wednesday is opening day at Aqueduct. The Grade III, $100,000 Discovery
Handicap (3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles) tops the card . . .
A graded stakes tripleheader is scheduled for Saturday at Aqueduct:
the Grade II, $150,000 First Flight Handicap (fillies and mares
at seven furlongs); Grade III, $150,000 Sport Page Breeders’
Cup (3-year-olds & up at seven furlongs); and Grade III, $100,000
Knickerbocker Handicap (3-year-olds & up at 1 1/8 miles on turf).
The Group 1 Cox Plate will be imported from Australia’s Moonee
Valley on Friday night . . .
Saturday is closing day Keeneland and the Grade III, $150,000 Fayette
Stakes (3-year-olds & up at 1 1/8 miles) is featured. Kentucky
racing shifts to Churchill Downs on Sunday, Oct. 29, and Grade III
juvenile stakes highlight the lid-lifter: the $100,000 Iroquois
(2-year-olds at one mile) and $100,000 Pocahontas (2-year-old fillies
at one mile . . .
The babies also will be in action Sunday at Aqueduct in the Grade
III, $100,000 Nashua Stakes (2-year-olds at one mile) and Grade
III, $100,000 Tempted Stakes (2-year-old fillies at one mile) .
Saturday’s California Cup XVII highlights closing weekend
at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting. Two stakes are scheduled
for the Sunday, Oct. 29 swan song: the Grade II, $150,000 Las Palmas
Handicap (fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf) and Grade III,
$100,000 Morvich Handicap (3-year-olds & up at 6 ½ furlongs
down the hillside turf course) . . .
Pre-entries to the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup World Championships
at Churchill Downs are due Monday and will be announced Wednesday
. . .
Richard DeLange of Terrell, Texas was the lucky winner of The Dallas
Morning News Breeders’ Cup Trip Giveaway. Thanks to a partnership
between Lone Star Park and The Dallas Morning News, DeLange won
airfare, a two-night hotel stay in Louisville, Ky. and two tickets
to the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup.